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A warehouse at the Maricopa County Elections Department stores all equipment and signage for each voting precinct in Phoenix on Sept. 8. Despite efforts by tech companies to slow their spread, misleading claims about mail ballots, vote tallying and certification, which were planted in 2020, never went away. – AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File

Misinformation and the midterms: What to expect

Conspiracy theories about mail ballots. Anonymous text messages warning voters to stay home. Fringe social media platforms where election misinformation spreads with impunity.
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Chief Justice Theis officially sworn in with warm words ahead of session

Fresh off a retention victory in last week’s general election, Chief Justice Mary Jane Theis was officially sworn in Monday to her new leadership role, which she has held since Oct. 26.
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Chief justice delays handover of Trump tax returns to House panel

Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday put a temporary hold on the handover of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to a congressional committee.

Trial Notebook

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Judge describes self as ‘ardent textualist,’ condemns hyper-literalism

Perhaps anticipating accusations of hypocrisy when he joined a 2-1 decision that concluded a defendant wasn’t entitled to relief from a mandatory minimum 10-year prison sentence because Congress used the word “and” to mean “or” in a reform law’s “safety valve” provision, a circuit judge who described himself as “an ardent textualist” added a concurring opinion on why “hyper-literalism is bad.”

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